QUINCY — In a dark locker room in Quincy, Mass., Doug “The Thug” Smith patiently laces and re-laces his skates for 20 minutes as a Canadian TV crew trains a camera on his feet from one angle after another.
Later, when one of the producers instructs him to look more “intimidating” as he leans forward, Smith finally balks.
“I’m not intimidating,” the Hanson, Mass., police officer and longtime hockey coach protested. “This isn’t Hollywood.”
Smith, a 47-year-old Halifax, Mass., resident who made a name for himself as a brutal “enforcer” in minor league hockey in the 1980s and 1990s, is experiencing renewed celebrity these days as the inspiration for a new feature film called “Goon,” available now via On Demand and in theaters March 30.
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